Pateley Bridge

Visits to Yorkshire had been to the cities – Leeds or York and to the National Park. We spent a relaxing few days in Pateley Bridge, the main town in Nidderdale. A pretty town with its Yorkshire stone houses and shops on the River Nidd. We were there for a spot of walking – we set off with a map and decided where to go as the day progressed.

Our first walk took us up to the top of Gouthwaite Resevoir. It was such a glorious sunny day that at Bouthwaite we took a path up over the moors and circled back to Pately Bridge by Dallow Hall. There were few people and many curlews circling over the heather.

Another circular walk from Pateley Bridge took us to Brimham Rocks – a large cluster of strangely shaped rocks.  We followed the Nidderdale way on the way to the rocks and swung down by Lower Laith to follow the river Nidd on the way back, passing through Glasshouses. We left Pately Bridge by the ruins of the Church of St Mary which was closed in the 1820s. There is a splendid view from the old church across the valley.

We were staying in Pateley Bridge in a week when the playhouse theatre was putting on one of their productions – the theatre is in a converted church in Church Street and has been there since 1968 – so it was such a treat to see one of the performances while we were there.